gentle textures used for glorification in art
By Troy Koppenhaver
The Birth of Venus is a prime example of how artists frequently use soft textures to portray figures they wish to glorify. The entire landscape is soft and beautiful.
In this painting a fortune teller is unable to grab her friends attention as her friend looks distracted by something heavy in her thoughts. A cross is seen in the back suggesting a holy presence.
Venus is a goddess who encompasses beauty and love so is often depicted with soft glows and a soft environment. Even hard surfaces are made to look soft by the artist.
Christ is synonymous with holy to some and artists are constantly trying to exalt him. Even though there is a great contrast of colors, the textures are smooth.
This painting is of a young lady and her infant cousin playing together. Although not holy, it is still a beautiful to many. The painting is so soft it appears almost dream like.
St. John is depicted here as an infant. Cosimo portrays his innocence by exposing his nudity and colors which blend smoothly.
Females are another theme commonly found with soft and gentle textures. Helena here is even posed seductively with her covered waist yet seemingly intentionally exposed breasts to further this.
Angels are often considered holier than all but God. An angel, as well as "The Blessed Hermann Joseph", are perfect reasons to justify the glossy appeal of this painting.
Here Saint Francis is visited by cherubs. The divine beings are softly tinted from the holy aura which Francis is gazing into.
Spain is different from those previously mentioned as it is a surreal painting. The imagery is very dark but the soft look is used this time to give the viewer a dream like view.
The woman here is drawn with a single color yet still remains her beauty due to the artists soft blend of his tool.
This painting has many holy figures in it and all are very luminescent. Those deemed more holy have more sheen and shine to them to glorify their beauty.
Henri Rousseau has a new take on feminine beauty with his Portrait of Madame M. Madame M is pale in contrast to her bold black dress but her skin is smooth and it is clear that she is wearing makeup.
Eldor Cortor painted this man reading a story to his daughter. The child is clearly scared and given a look of innocence. The colors blend smoothly in another portrayal of purity.
The sunlight here lights up these young girls as they enter the fountain of love. They are posed to give a sense of beauty.
The virgin Mary is holding the infant Jesus Christ here and the two are surrounded by cherubs. All is lit softly by the glow behind Mary.
Even sculptures are able to retain beauty from textturing. The sculptor created this with soft and round edges and an overall oval shape.
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Musée de l'Orangerie
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
SCAD Museum of Art
The J. Paul Getty Museum
Museo Nacional de Arte
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
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